2020 Residential & Commercial Tax Credit Reinstatements

With the recent signing of the funding bills, H.R.1865 (Further Consolidated Appropriations Act) and H.R.1158 (Consolidated Appropriations Act), the residential energy efficiency tax credit and Section 179D deductions for commercial buildings have been reinstated through 2020, after having previously been expired in 2017. So, how do these reinstatements impact you? Tax Credits and Deductions for Energy Efficient Homes and Commercial Buildings Improving a home’s energy efficiency has become an increasingly important factor for both home owners and contractors. With the reinstatement of the residential energy efficiency tax credit in Section 25C of the Federal Tax Code, tax credits can be offered to individuals who have improved the energy efficiency of their homes. According to the ACCA, “for qualified HVAC improvements, homeowners may be eligible to claim 25C tax credits equal to 10 percent of the installed costs, and a maximum credit of $500.” When it comes to commercial buildings, tax… Continue reading

Load Calculations 101: Understanding the Basics

At Air Dynamics, we want you to be informed on all of the ins and outs of the HVAC business to help you make the best decisions for yourself and home. When it comes to purchasing a new HVAC system, one of the most important details to consider is the size that will be needed. This is where load calculations come into play. What are load calculations? In HVAC terms, a “load” is how much heating or cooling a home needs. Therefore, a load calculation is the process of determining the right-sized HVAC system that will best heat or cool a home. Why are they important? From footage size to insulation levels, every home is different. If you pick a system that is too big or small for your home, several issues can occur. These issues include: Uncomfortable Temperatures: Oversized and undersized systems can either put out too much or… Continue reading

The R22 Phaseout: What You Should Know

The phaseout of R22 will soon be approaching a new stage on January 1, 2020. This upcoming stage will ultimately initiate the stoppage of production and importation of R22. What does this mean for you? Well, while you will still be able to use your R22 air conditioners, there are several factors (rising cost, replacements) that will need to be considered in the future. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that “as the United States phases out refrigerant R-22, you will need to make informed choices when servicing, repairing, or replacing an existing air-conditioning unit or when purchasing a new unit.” We want you to be well-informed of these phaseout changes, in order for you to make educated decisions on what is right for your homes in the future. In Why the Cost of R-22 Increased? , we learn about the R22 phaseout and discover why the costs are increasing.… Continue reading

SEER Ratings: Make the Right Decision

What does “SEER” mean? Homeowners and contractors, alike, are generally confounded by the SEER acronym. So, let’s start with the basics: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the air-conditioner. Ok, but how high is high enough? The reality is the answer provided to homeowners is almost always incomplete – and, thus, often incorrect. Think of it this way: The most efficient air-conditioner is one that isn’t running at all. The least efficient air-conditioner is one that runs continually and never adequately cools the home. In between, you will find shades of gray. How do I calculate which SEER rating is best for me?  SEER is a formula – and it’s not advanced level math. Just divide the system’s rated British thermal units (BTU) by the AHRI SEER rating and, like magic, you have the kilowatts per hour (KWH) for the unit.… Continue reading